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For a real seaside holiday, why not start planning your visit to Exmouth?

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With its seafront Esplanade, classic white buildings and beaches sheltered by towering cliffs, it’s one of the best places to relax on the sand and to enjoy a range of coastal attractions.

Grand buildings like Powderham Castle and National Trust properties are great for anyone that loves history and architecture, though the kids might prefer a visit to the World of Country Life.

Exmouth’s formal gardens are absolutely stunning. A mild climate means that tropical and native British plants can grow side-by-side. You can go on walks beside the River Exe, and enjoy the fresh air at the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. Learn more about the history of this remarkable seaside resort at the Exmouth Museum, or visit the Exmouth Model Railway right on Exmouth Seafront before lunch at the Railway Carriage Café.

The Jurassic Coast has all that you could possibly want for action and adventure. Go fossil hunting, or try a variety of water sports including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Birdwatching on the Exe Estuary is a popular activity, and boat trips along the shore give you a different view of some of the UK’s highest cliffs.

Whatever the weather, Exmouth’s shops are waiting for days of souvenir shopping. You can buy local produce at the town’s country markets, or visit a local wine bar for evening drinks before returning to your room at the Imperial Hotel.

Even in the middle of winter you’ll have a guaranteed great time. In fact, it’s worth noting that Exmouth is regularly voted amongst the best places to spend New Year’s Eve thanks to lively celebrations and fireworks on the beach. If you’re looking to enjoy a spectacle, then why not visit for the Christmas Day Swim as hundreds of people make their way into the bitterly cold water?

Hire a bike, cycle around the countryside and visit historic buildings on the Blue Plaque Heritage Trail. Don’t forget your camera, because there’s so much to see and do in Exmouth.

Upcoming Events

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Paignton Regatta Sat 4 Aug - Sun 12 Aug
British Firework Championships Wed 8 Aug - Thu 9 Aug
Chagford Film Festival Mon 24 Sep - Sat 29 Sep
Sharpham Apple Day Mon 1 Oct
Powderham Food Festival Sat 6 Oct - Sun 7 Oct
Two Moors Festival Fri 12 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
Dartmouth Food Festival Fri 19 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
. Thu 8 Nov
Exeter Christmas Market Thu 15 Nov - Sun 16 Dec
. Fri 30 Nov - Sat 1 Dec
Exmouth Christmas day swim Tue 25 Dec

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Exe Estuary

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Exmouth Beach

This golden sandy beach stretches for miles and is perfect for visitors of all ages. There really is no better way to enjoy the sunshine in Exmouth.

Phear Park

Phear Park is great for anyone looking for an active afternoon, as it is home to a golf course, bowling green and multiple tennis courts.

The Magnolia Centre

This car-free zone is perfect for shopping. It has some well known brands, but also a farm shop and grocery store if you wish to purchase some locally sourced goods.

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

With something for all ages, Bicton Park is one of Devon’s most popular attractions. Features range from the Bicton Woodland Railway to indoor and outdoor play areas that will keep children occupied for hours.

Grade I listed gardens are maintained with care and include historic conservatories, glasshouses, rock caves and awe-inspiring extravagant water features, whilst the countryside museum and nature trail give you more to see and do. Other attractions include a maze, a mini golf course, a shop and a restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea. As well as native British plants, you’ll have the chance to see tropical plants and flowers from much warmer locations.

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This wonderful Devon country house sits in parkland gardens and is surrounded by a wooded estate.

Killerton is a National Trust property, with grounds that include circular walks and with an array of plants, herbs and flowers from all over the country. The gardens were created in the 1770s, and also feature an ice house and a summerhouse as well as a discovery centre where you can learn more about your surroundings. The house itself is an ivy-clad building and is open to the public. It’s an interactive museum where you can learn more about Killerton’s past and can dress in costume, play the piano and see regularly-changing exhibits.

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Knightshayes House and Gardens

One of Devon’s best National Trust attractions, Knightshayes is a Victorian country house with exquisite decor, extravagant furnishings and one of the county’s finest gardens with more than 1,200 species of plant.

At the Stables Café you can enjoy fresh meals prepared using seasonal produce, some of which has been grown in the walled kitchen garden, and inside the house itself you’ll find intriguing carvings from gargoyles to medieval minstrels. The grounds also include an outdoor play area for children.

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Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises

The award-winning Greenway Ferry Pleasure Cruises offer an exciting and unique way to enjoy memorable sightseeing trips.

The company offers river and coast cruises where you can see the beaches and cliffs, the River Dart of some of the best attractions in Devon. As well as ferry rides, you can book your place on organised trips including wildlife cruises to search for dolphins. Fishing trips are also available.

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